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Old 12-30-2006, 09:21 PM
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Would alcohol damage my paint or the clear coat?

I have some glue on my rear bumper and I want to use alcohol to remove it. Do you guys know if doing so would damage my paint?
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:25 PM
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Yes. My grandfather uses denatured alcohol to get tree sap off his cars(Saab and Volvo) and they are that "old people" color(sand) and the stains still shows up, despite my waxing the cars multiple times.

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Old 12-30-2006, 09:32 PM
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what should i use to remove it then?
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:35 PM
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Ive used isopropyl alcohol on my car when I debadged it. Didnt hurt it one bit...
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alcohol would remove all the oils, grease and waxes off the paint... I never heard of alcohol messing up a car's paint... just make sure to wax the area after using the alcohol (rubbing)
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Old 12-30-2006, 09:59 PM
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I would agree with rodneyc77, after getting the stuff off just re-wax the part but dont rub real hard at first, let it soak for a few seconds then wipe it off.
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clay bar and if that doesn't work, a little gasoline ( don't bash) in a rag will do the trick, but afterwards wash it with dishwashing liquid (Dawn) and wax it with a few layers of good wax ...top it off with a layer of Meguiers's NXT.......
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by rodneyc77
alcohol would remove all the oils, grease and waxes off the paint... I never heard of alcohol messing up a car's paint... just make sure to wax the area after using the alcohol (rubbing)
definately wax after. i use alcohol @ work when installing any spoiler/underbody spoiler (a-spec, etc.)/fender flares, etc. this is what acura recommends to use when installing any kind of accessory interior or exterior. when trying to remove tree sap, there are sap removal products available through almost every major car care product line. these also say to clean surface well, treat spot needed, then apply wax when spot has been removed. anyway, after i have installed every accessory i've ever done, i've never had a problem w/ paint fading/discoloring/etc. good luck
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Old 12-30-2006, 10:42 PM
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also, honda/acura dealers have a product i use frequently that work very very well called "Spray Cleaner & Polish". i love this stuff. comes in a spray can, spray on rag or micro fiber towel liberally then use on needed area. this is the product we use for the notorious 3g TL dash fading or turning white problem. works awesome.
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:20 PM
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try to use goo gone. you can get them at pepboys.
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:57 PM
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2nd... goo gone works well, so does wd-40.
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Old 12-31-2006, 12:38 AM
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What type of glue is it ? Some glues can't be dissolved easily. If WD40, Goo Gone, Gas, or diesel doesn't work, you could try buffing it out with a micro-fiber cloth and a mild abrasive pre-wax cleaner like Mothers.
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Ive used goof off to get gunk off all my cars, I even did it to a whole hood before, worked great and didnt damage the paint, anything you try you always want to test it somewhere first tho
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best thing in the world is bug n tar remover for that situation i had tree sap on my trunk n bug n tar remover took it right off
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you can also get a can of Paint Cleaner or Clear Cleaner from an Auto paint store...a lot of detailers use it to get abormalities off of old wax and clear coat....you have to use it in small doses and it DOES take off all the wax in the area you clean right down to the clear...just make sure you wear gloves and wax the car when your'e done...
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There isn't much that will hurt the clear coat. Gas, alcohol, goof off, etc. won't bother it one bit. But when you're done, do wash well and put several coats of paint.

IF something was on the car and there's marks after, it's most likely from sap, bird crap, etc., NOT what you used to clean it.
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Originally Posted by Pat D
There isn't much that will hurt the clear coat. Gas, alcohol, goof off, etc. won't bother it one bit. But when you're done, do wash well and put several coats of paint.

IF something was on the car and there's marks after, it's most likely from sap, bird crap, etc., NOT what you used to clean it.
my mom used glass cleaner to get the glue off from the car when se stuck a pice of duct tape on it by accident. That didn't harm the paint at all, and you prbably havein your house right now. Also try posting in the wash and wax section.
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